Obituary for \r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Earl Clifford Reed\n\n\r\n\t\t\t\tEarl Clifford Reed\n1925-2017\n\nEarl Clifford Reed, a family man, devoted Bishop, Boeing Engineer, Hot rod enthusiast and friend to all died February 24th 2017 in American Fork, Utah surrounded by his loved ones. His wife, LaFaye Erickson preceded him in death August 22,2014. He later married Jean Shearer who also preceded him in death on November 16,2016.\n\nBorn December 21st,1925 in Seattle Washington to Earl and Mary Ellen Manning Reed. He was raised in Marysville Washington. Earl’s love for the game of golf came at an early age, literally growing up at the Glendale Golf course in Burien Washington where his father was employed as a greenskeeper. Dad was the fourth of six children, 3 brothers Robert Manning, Charles William and Frank Emanuel Reed and 2 sisters Ruth Ellen Goodwin and Mary Jane Alice Graham.\n\nEarl attended Highline High school and being a part of the greatest generation, on his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the US Navy and served in WWII. After being discharged, he hitch- hiked to Logan Utah. There he met up with his brother Bob to further his education at Utah State University. While attending college, he met and married his sweetheart LaFaye Erickson. Earl and LaFaye were a part of the Kappa Sigma and Sigma Kappa fraternity and sorority. They graduated together from USU along with his two brothers, Bob and Frank Reed. With his mechanical Engineering degree, he accepted a job with the Boeing company and moved his family to Seattle, Washington.\n\nThe northwest became their permanent home where together they raised four children: Linda Lea Webb Bardsley, Barbara Ann Forsey, Clifford Earl Reed and Carol Jean McArthur. His successful career took him to places all over the world as a Boeing Liaison Engineer. He retired from his aeronautical position after 33 years of service.\n\nA devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints he served as Bishop of the 5th Ward, North Seattle Stake, for 7 years. His powerful testimony blessed not only his family but many others in his community.\n\nMusic was a huge part of Earl’s life, singing barbershop music in the Windjammer Chorus in Everett, Washington and the Color Country Chorus in St George, Utah. He always had a song in his heart, never forgetting any lyrics to current or old tunes. His immense love of classic cars and hot rods kept him very busy. He was never more comfortable than underneath a car “working the problem”. He was a member of the Grinders Car Club, earning many trophies and awards.\n\n“Top of the morning” was his cheery greeting when taking a phone call and his unfailing work ethic propelled this wonderful Dad of ours into the hearts of all who knew him. He was such a fun grandpa to 16 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild. In saying farewell to our beloved father we will say to him as he stated to us “keep em’ flyin”,” keep it in between the fences posts” and pushdown on lever A and leave er’ B”. Love you forever.